Contract Manager - Utilities

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Work type: Permanent - Full Time
Location: Berkshire, Greater London, M25, Outer London, South East England
Categories: Transmission, Thermal, Renewables, Energy Portfolio Management, Water, Commercial, Contract Management, Energy Solutions

Job Title: Contract Manager - Utilities

Location: London or Reading

Salary: £36,000 – £55,000 depending on skills and experience + annual bonus

Permanent | Full Time Hours with flexible working patterns available | 37 hours per week

Our Role

Reporting into the Commercial Director, you’ll drive contract management best practices across the Utilities Team, focused on the delivery of services of Enterprise Utilities to Special Purpose Vehicles (SPV) and Joint Venture (JV) structures. You’ll also ensure the obligations under project agreement are met in regards to the delivery of Distributed Energy and large Utilities Networks projects.

Your role will also include responsibility for supporting the adoption and operation of Distributed Energy and Utilities Networks projects through the management of subcontractors and other contractual agreements. You’ll also work closely with the Project Managers, O&M, Operations, Commercial and Legal Teams to ensure that the projects and Utilities Networks run smoothly and are delivered in accordance with the contractual agreements in place, on time and to budget.

As such, key accountabilities will involve: setting up contract management function and best practices; daily contract management; stakeholder engagement; contract mapping and maintenance; performance management; budget management and financial planning and operations.

Your Skills and Experience


- Background as a contracts manager or contracts negotiator
- Understanding of Distributed Energy, Utilities Networks, or Energy industry ideally gained in an operational and/or commercial environment
- Knowledge of the M&E, Energy Services, and O&M for the Energy industry
- Excellent commercial acumen and ability to carry out commercial negotiations to fulfil objectives
- Ability to network, internally/externally to facilitate the delivery of contractual obligations
- Proven background in negotiating and drafting commercial contracts
- Strong Project Management skills and proven track record of project work
- Ability to set up, track, and report on KPIs, resolve any issues and escalate when required
- Strong IT, experience working with databases and Microsoft Office packages to conduct analysis and reporting of performance, and formal presentations
- Experience working on-site (e.g. construction sites, energy centres)
- Experience in a customer driven environment, excellent customer service skills.


- Degree in law or contract management would be advantageous

Our Company

The Enterprise Division comprises four companies: Contracting, Rail, Telecoms and Utilities. The SSE Enterprise Projects and Operational Support Team support the entire Enterprise division leading the deployment of best practice in assurance, project management, engineering and in handling strategic projects.

SSE Enterprise Utilities deliver multi-utility infrastructure and distributed energy networks for large scale developments across the UK, offering market leading solutions for our customers’ electricity, gas, water and heat needs.  We can bring significant investment, providing a range of funding and asset management options for utility infrastructure projects.

Our Benefits

We have an excellent benefits package as part of our offering. Here’s a few highlights;
- Generous holiday allowance (you can even buy additional holidays)
- Great share plans
- Group Pension Plan
- One day paid volunteering
- Tailored internal development opportunities

Next Steps

Just click the Apply button to submit your application, it doesn’t take long.

Closing date for applications is: Wednesday 25th July, 2018

This vacancy is open to internal and external candidates. If you’re internal, please notify your line manager before you submit your application. If you’re successful, we’ll conduct some pre-employment checks.


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